Raymore Update 05/13/2016

Where We Celebrate All Especially the Small!

Quote of the Week

Sometimes you will think you can't take it another day. But if you hang in there, one step at a time, you will be able to accomplish more than you ever imagine.

Taya Kyle

Upcoming Dates

5-17 Favorite Sports Day

5-17 Teachers bring water to stage

5-17 7 Habits Assembly

5-17 Stand Up Field Day Meeting


5-19 Field Rain or Shine

5-19 Last Full Day EC/ECSE

5-20 Last day of School with Students Early Release Day 1:15

Field Day Signup

Wishing Well

We wish Sherri Mullen well as she recovers and retires.

We wish Erica Sorrick well on her new plan.

Wishing everyone wellness! Take your vitamins! Prayers to all!


I want to share some exciting news with you! This morning Seth Hunziker along with our school was awarded a $500 grant from the RayPec Foundation to purchase Lego Robotics, Ozobot Robotics, or other robotic classroom resources.

This was possible due to some generous donors at the Ray Pec Foundation Gala this year. The foundation granted each building $500 to each building to use in one of the f

ollowing areas:

  • Robotics: funds to support purchase of Lego Robotics kits, Ozobot Robotics kits, or other robotics-based classroom resources for any grade level

  • 3-D Printing: funds to support purchase of 3-D printing equipment and/or 3-D printing supplies

  • Recording Studio: funds to support purchase of audio/visual recording equipment and related software for student-created video productions

  • Makerspace: funds to support the purchase of materials for a Makerspace lab

  • Science experiments: funds to support hands-on, unique science experiments/labs (e.g. wind turbines)

  • Performing arts: funds to support expanding performing arts opportunities (e.g. RP Select Choir)

We are excited to receive this grant and plan to start with a Robotics Club and possibly integrate it within the school day as well. If you are interested in supporting this please talk to Seth. We would love to have additional staff participation and your ideas for input on the specific plan.

Restricted Movement

  • Thank you for taking restricted movement so seriously. It protects your students from seeing and it protects the dignity of the student having a problem. Thank you so much.
  • Practice with your students what the expectations are for restricted movement. Students must go into the closest room when they hear the announcement. Students are still walking in the halls, leaving classrooms, hiding in the restrooms, etc. The restriction will be lifted as soon as possible. Please remember restrictive movement can be used for various reasons not just behavior. We may need to use it for illness, emergencies, etc. Therefore, it is mandatory that you teach students the importance of going to the nearest classroom and clearing the hallways. As a teacher you should open your door and check the hallway for any students. The door should then be closed and students remain in class until further notice. We really appreciate your help with ensuring we follow through with this expectation and take it seriously.

Panther Cub Academy



  • Monitoring recess is crucial to the safety of our students. Please choose a section for each of you on duty to monitor.
  • If there is a sub please have them go out with whoever is on duty. There should never be a sub and a teacher. If you are going to be absent and you have recess duty, ask a colleague to fill in for you. The sub is an extra set of eyes but doesn't know students plan.

Office referral

If you are making an office referral you need to use the google form. At this time, please do not use the office referral on ProTabula.

Use this office referral form


Hallway Expectations and Dismissal Expectations

It is that time of year that we need to tighten our structures and review procedures with students. Please make sure you are having regular class meetings. During these meetings it is necessary to address dismissal procedures.

Students should not have food and drink out eating and drinking during dismissal. This includes the walker line and library. It can create a mess and holds up dismissal when students have to put away food in their backpack. Reviewing procedures of walking down the hall and not running, etc. is necessary as well.

In addition. make sure we are following our district snack guidelines and are not giving out candy or items that are not on the healthy snack list.


  • Forward emails regarding dismissal changes to both Karla and Renee.

  • Please remember to be at specials door :35 after to deliver & :30 to pick up.
  • Fridays --jeans with Ray-Pec spirit wear.
  • Classroom doors should be locked at all times and the magnet should be used to allow flow in and out of classrooms. However, we are aware there are some doors that are tricky to get to stay shut when using magnets. We do have a couple of other options we can try to help solve this problem. If you need help with this situation, please see Melissa asap and we will problem solve.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:25 a.m.

  • It is our district and building expectation that all staff reply to communication (email and phone calls) with within a 24 hour time frame.
  • If you have any pictures of great things going on in your classroom or family, please send them to Melissa. I would love to share with others in our Weekly Staff Update.
  • Call or text Jennika & Melissa if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 816-550-4434 and 816-868-9856
  • Call or text Jennika or Melissa if you will be in the building on the weekend! The lounge/workroom will be open for access to copiers.
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Looking for previous copies of our Weekly Staff Updates? If so, these can be found on our Raymore Tigers Weebly site under "For Staff" & then click on "Raymore Update".


As a professional learning community, we commit to three big ideas:

  1. Focus on Learning
  2. Build a Collaborative Culture
  3. Focus on Results

We answer four questions:

  1. What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals/Expectations)
  2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessment)
  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (DI Intervention)
  4. How will we respond if they already know it? (DI Extension)

To fulfill our mission & vision:

  • M: Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life
  • V: Turning today's learners into tomorrow's leaders

With these commitments:

  • We are committed to consistency & accountability for each student's success.
  • We are committed to a system of support for students and adults.
  • We are committed to a safe, trusting and collaborative environment.
  • We are committed to best practices.
  • We are committed to high expectations for learning, behavior and citizenship.
  • We are committed to quality communication & positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • We are committed to effective communication regarding student progress.
  • We are committed to data-driven decision making.
  • We are committed to use of appropriate channels for communication.
  • We are committed to a guaranteed (consistent) and viable (doable) curriculum.
  • We are committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility while improving student achievement